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Our girl had the same thing between 9-12 weeks. It ended up not being a UTI or bladder infection, but what the vet called "vaginitis" - apparently quite common in female puppies. It's not an infection, but more of a condition due to hormone/development changes. Our vet put her on antibiotics, which we found out later was not really needed because it's not a bacterial infection. And the antibiotics caused other undesirable side-effects like a yeast infection in her ears, etc. If it's vaginitis I think the best thing to do is keep the area clean (I used to wipe her with "wet-ones" a few times a day), and make sure she has the chance to urinate often. I think most often it clears up on its own. Our girl was back to normal within a few weeks. If I could change anything, I wouldn't have put her on the antibiotics. Though an infection is a different story, but the vet should be able to tell if they do a culture.
 

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Our girl had the same thing between 9-12 weeks. It ended up not being a UTI or bladder infection, but what the vet called "vaginitis" - apparently quite common in female puppies. It's not an infection, but more of a condition due to hormone/development changes. Our vet put her on antibiotics, which we found out later was not really needed because it's not a bacterial infection. And the antibiotics caused other undesirable side-effects like a yeast infection in her ears, etc. If it's vaginitis I think the best thing to do is keep the area clean (I used to wipe her with "wet-ones" a few times a day), and make sure she has the chance to urinate often. I think most often it clears up on its own. Our girl was back to normal within a few weeks. If I could change anything, I wouldn't have put her on the antibiotics. Though an infection is a different story, but the vet should be able to tell if they do a culture.
Vets tend to give anitbiotics just to cover themselves when they don't know the real problem. If your dog develops other problems as a result it is another source of income for them. Some say that ignorance is bliss; I say that ignorance is expensive and often harmful.
Having said all that I would probably take the dog to the vet if my dog showed those symptoms.
 
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